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Reports: Tony Sparano will get Jets coordinator job

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With Brian Schottenheimer stepping down from the Jets offensive coordinator job, it just so happens another candidate is lined up to replace him. Tomorrow.

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reports that Tony Sparano is expected to get the Jets coordinator job, with an announcement likely Wednesday. Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News confirms Sparano will be the team’s next coordinator.

The hire of Sparano also confirms that Schottenheimer’s departure was the nicest firing ever, even if it was presented like Schottenheimer chose to leave on his own.

Sparano has never been an offensive coordinator before, although he was an “assistant head coach” in Dallas where he called plays for one season. There were rumors from Mortensen last week that Todd Haley and Sparano could go to a team together in a package deal, but there have been no indications Haley is a candidate in New York. It’s expected Haley will wind up back with the Cardinals.

That should conclude a randomly busy late night of news. We think.

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  1. benh999 says: Jan 11, 2012 12:05 AM

    Smart move reaching across the basement of the division for another failure. What’s next Bill Sheridan as defensive coordinator?

  2. irongershwin says: Jan 11, 2012 12:05 AM

    Never been an offensive coordinator before. Good luck. I’d rather have Tony the Tiger. Thank God I like the other successful NY football team.

  3. raiderlyfe510 says: Jan 11, 2012 12:06 AM

    LOL…yeah this is gonna work.

  4. marinemike1132 says: Jan 11, 2012 12:09 AM


  5. lostsok says: Jan 11, 2012 12:10 AM

    And fans in Miami give it a big ol’ fist pump.

  6. moneymike23 says: Jan 11, 2012 12:11 AM

    I’d rather have Schottenheimer than Sprano, who btw is more conservative and is the reason why he is out of a job.

    Hire Hue Jackson.

  7. green41563 says: Jan 11, 2012 12:11 AM

    Anybody but Brian.

  8. generictombradyfan says: Jan 11, 2012 12:11 AM

    Failed head coaches going home. Todd Haley back to Arizona and josh mcd to newengland

  9. lolb23 says: Jan 11, 2012 12:12 AM

    Brian Schottenheimer leaving to join Marty in Tampa

  10. bbrophy1 says: Jan 11, 2012 12:12 AM

    I could see Brian Daboll coming back to the Jets. He used to be QB coach but left with Mangini for the Browns and worked for Sparano last year as offensive coordinator.

  11. cowboysfan18 says: Jan 11, 2012 12:13 AM

    The Jets are stepping it up a notch this year. The heck with picking up players from opponents team. They’ll just hire the coach.

  12. qshughes says: Jan 11, 2012 12:13 AM

    The Jet Haters aren’t here yet? I shall return.

  13. livxsiv says: Jan 11, 2012 12:13 AM


  14. americankris says: Jan 11, 2012 12:14 AM

    Ground pound time now

  15. green41563 says: Jan 11, 2012 12:17 AM

    irongershwin says: Jan 11, 2012 12:05 AM

    Never been an offensive coordinator before. Good luck. I’d rather have Tony the Tiger. Thank God I like the other successful NY football team.

    “Thank God I root for the successful NY team—you know: that 9-7 squad that’s gonna get worked in Green Bay this weekend!”

  16. cowhawkfan says: Jan 11, 2012 12:17 AM

    Sparano is actually a pretty good hire by the Jets. I’m betting the Jets offense improves next year.

  17. phoivy says: Jan 11, 2012 12:18 AM

    Looks like they’re trying to get worse.

  18. coolgato13 says: Jan 11, 2012 12:18 AM

    Don`t understand why you would go with someone who has never been an offensive coordinator when Hue Jackson, a proven OC, just became available.

  19. miamigator says: Jan 11, 2012 12:19 AM

    Poor Tony.

    Great OL coach. Great guy. That’s it.

  20. angiecarnathan says: Jan 11, 2012 12:20 AM

    They’ve been hiring our players that get cut for years, might as well hire the coach. It’s worked out so far… makes me wonder what the hell the brain trust in Miami has been thinking.

  21. marinofreakout says: Jan 11, 2012 12:21 AM

    wow. the jets are straight clownin. what a turn of events for this franchise. ever since tebow got to em man, ever since tebow (well, and sanchez too)

  22. radzyfsu23 says: Jan 11, 2012 12:22 AM

    Nick Folk better get his leg loose.

  23. coderacer says: Jan 11, 2012 12:23 AM

    Never been a coordinator before huh? A practitioner of the failed WildCat? A guy who failed to develop any of the young QBs in his employ? Coached a grounded offense, you know, the kind of offense Shottenheimer ran?

    This is GREAT for Sanchez!

  24. caseyanthonymunoz says: Jan 11, 2012 12:26 AM

    So they replace an OC that averaged 24 PPG with a coach that led a team to 21 PPG.

    You know what this means for the good people of New Jersey?

    “I guarantee we’re gonna win the Super Bowl this year. I feel it!” – Fatboy, 4 months from now.

  25. addictedtojane says: Jan 11, 2012 12:27 AM

    If I were a JETS fan or player, I’d want Tony SPARANO on my team in any capacity. I love this hire.

  26. realitypolice says: Jan 11, 2012 12:30 AM


    If you thought Schotty’s offensive was too much dink and dunk, wait until you get a load of Sparano Ball.

    We will out field goal you!

  27. nav711 says: Jan 11, 2012 12:33 AM

    Field goals!!!!

  28. thenmoveback says: Jan 11, 2012 12:34 AM

    Haha welcome to field goal city jersey

  29. packersownerandshareholder says: Jan 11, 2012 12:37 AM


  30. sclazo says: Jan 11, 2012 12:38 AM

    HAHA jets! Good luck on those field goals! Lord knows he couldn’t find the end zone in Miami. Woot fist pump field goal!

  31. norcalmafia says: Jan 11, 2012 12:39 AM

    What a perfect match!You have a qb that cant pass so you bring in ol Tony to slay em with the wildcat!

  32. jpmelon says: Jan 11, 2012 12:39 AM

    I don’t think this is an upgrade….I wonder how Jets fans will spin this into a supposedly “genius” move and guarantee a super bowl victory again.

  33. mcjon22 says: Jan 11, 2012 12:39 AM

    Great hire. Sparano did an excellent job of Developing Chad Henne…Oh…Wait…um…what the…?!?

  34. iamthorny says: Jan 11, 2012 12:41 AM

    Surprised Andy Reid didn’t try to hire him to coordinate special teams seeing how well the Juan Castillo experiment worked out…

  35. b00rad says: Jan 11, 2012 12:42 AM

    Tony’s next job is to find a yayo dealer in New York

  36. stevenstevenson says: Jan 11, 2012 12:44 AM


    it is now time to continue to get rounded and pounded. losers of a feather flock together it seems…

  37. pacificnw7722 says: Jan 11, 2012 12:45 AM

    “Sparano has never been an offensive coordinator before.”

    But he did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night!

  38. promickey says: Jan 11, 2012 12:57 AM

    What a move! Tony still can’t figure out why the Dolphins lost this year. The Jets will soon find out.

  39. stevenstevenson says: Jan 11, 2012 1:01 AM

    By the way, great hire by the Patriots. Let all these losers join forces and lose a little harder!

  40. roamingabriel says: Jan 11, 2012 1:01 AM

    Hey, Tony Soprano returns to Jersey!!!

    Rex and Tony will look like Hardy and Costello…

  41. camwake says: Jan 11, 2012 1:03 AM




  42. richieab says: Jan 11, 2012 1:03 AM

    ground and pound=leather helmets

  43. tarquinfintimlinbin says: Jan 11, 2012 1:11 AM

    Has Rex promised to win Super Bowl XLVII yet?

  44. hus10188 says: Jan 11, 2012 1:14 AM

    No ‘sexy’ named offensive coordinator will want to join the Jets if Sanchez is still there as the starter. And Sparano is definitely not ‘sexy’.

    How does Rex think hiring an offensive line coach to call your offensive plays is going to improve the inept passing game. Sparano is not an OC type of guy.

  45. FurtherSeemsFasano says: Jan 11, 2012 1:37 AM

    Hope you Jet’s fans enjoy field goals.

  46. fittytuckin says: Jan 11, 2012 1:38 AM

    So what? Can he even read the play chart with those limo tint shades?

  47. phaktor333 says: Jan 11, 2012 1:43 AM

    I can see it now…another father/son tandem in Tampa Bay. However, I believe it will be a better product than that fraudulent situation in the nation’s capital.

  48. 1972wasalongtimeago says: Jan 11, 2012 1:46 AM


    You’ll notice that we didn’t kick your asses until AFTER Sparano was fired.

    Who’s your kicker? He’s going to the Pro Bowl next year.

    It has been a MISERY watching his teams for the past 3 years. And he’s in charge of your offense?

    Good luck.

  49. 1972wasalongtimeago says: Jan 11, 2012 1:47 AM

    Get the short sleeve Jet windbreaker out for him.

  50. phishfan520 says: Jan 11, 2012 1:48 AM

    Jets fans:

    Riddle me this, who has such hate for a rival team but hires their former players and coaches?
    Sorry I’m laughing so hard cause I can hear you guys going J-E-T-S, Jets, Jets, Jets as he fist pumps you guys field goal after field goal!!!

  51. 1972wasalongtimeago says: Jan 11, 2012 1:50 AM

    He was a horrible clock manager.

    He put Chad Henne in bad situation after bad situation.

    He couldn’t develop an offensive line even though they spent at least a dozen draft picks and untold millions on free agent O-Lineman.

    And he’s your Offensive Coordinator?

  52. 1972wasalongtimeago says: Jan 11, 2012 1:51 AM

    Please sign Chad Henne to a Free Agent deal.

  53. IainRWB says: Jan 11, 2012 1:55 AM

    The Star Ledger report on Schottenheimer actually does link Haley with the receiver coaching position at the Jets.

  54. dolphandan says: Jan 11, 2012 2:07 AM

    “The future’s so bright I gotta wear shades”
    – Tony Sparano

  55. yettyskills says: Jan 11, 2012 2:19 AM


    Still laughing over this hire.

    ZERO chance the Jets make the playoffs next year.

  56. yettyskills says: Jan 11, 2012 2:23 AM

    Oh ya, wonder how NY fan are going to love an OC that fist pumps after field goals

  57. sundog05 says: Jan 11, 2012 2:39 AM

    Never been an OC before? Sounds very Juan Castillo-ish. Hope he loses those pedophile glasses.

  58. doob187 says: Jan 11, 2012 3:31 AM

    “Fist pumps every time, even if we’re down by nine… Tony is a guru, o-line plays like poo poo, Marc Columbo just got signed… our quarterback is gonna die- We didn’t stop Tim Tebow!!”

    Compliments to Finsnation on the song credit

    …as far as Tony is concerned… good riddance you jersey shore jabroni, back where you belong

  59. silverhornet says: Jan 11, 2012 3:34 AM

    hahahahahahahahahaha Although, if you subscribe to the notion that the Jets offense needs to run the ball more/better, it’s not a bad hire. I mean anything to take the ball out of Mark Sanchez hands is a good thing.


  60. mrcosio says: Jan 11, 2012 3:45 AM

    As a Raider fan hiring Hue Jackson would make a lot of sense for the Jets, he’s a creative playcaller, has the Baltimore connection and could really develop Mark Sanchez

    Of course Rex Ryan won’t tolerate having to compete with Hue for media attention so that won’t happen

  61. trollaikman8 says: Jan 11, 2012 4:08 AM

    This is a good hire. Soprano will get the running game fixed. I’d still be concerned about him being the right fit for Sanchez’s development (then again who? Bill Walsh is cold). Seriously though, anyone but Schottenheimer.

  62. momentumtech says: Jan 11, 2012 4:11 AM

    From a terrible, over-conservative OC to … well … an even worse, more conservative failure of a head coach with little experience as OC.

  63. momentumtech says: Jan 11, 2012 4:12 AM

    Its official, Sanchez’s career is now over with Tony “QB Killer” Sparano.

  64. skolvikesskol says: Jan 11, 2012 4:38 AM

    Who cares…shotty was good… The inly worthwhile talent was lt and mangold… Id rather have geoff george than sancheze

  65. thewizardofbs says: Jan 11, 2012 5:16 AM

    Tony Sparano will bring excitement to the Jets offense, especially when they kick field goals. If the red zone was the goal line the Jets are in line for another Super Bowl run.

    I can’t wait!

    A Fins fan

  66. patsdrukker says: Jan 11, 2012 5:16 AM

    Jets would make a better move by hiring Snowflakke as OC.

  67. jimmysimpson55 says: Jan 11, 2012 5:52 AM

    The Jets need a quarterback, receivers, defensive backs, and some D linemen. No coach can polish that into a champion.

  68. angrycorgi says: Jan 11, 2012 6:01 AM

    Hrmmm…a HC that did jack with an array of spare QBs goes to be the OC of a team with spare QBs. Uh yeah…great move….LOL.

  69. bullcharger says: Jan 11, 2012 6:42 AM

    Makes sense from a division knowledge perspective, but much of Sparano’s success in Miami early on was really the Tuna behind the scenes. I’m not so sure Sparano is any good.

  70. iambhooper says: Jan 11, 2012 6:47 AM

    I cat think of a better place for a Dolphins useless castoff to go than the jets! 2012 will be one big dodge ball fight, between you and the Stach in Buffalo!

  71. ezra954 says: Jan 11, 2012 7:04 AM

    I hope the Jets are ready for allot of old Dallas players

  72. 1972wasalongtimeago says: Jan 11, 2012 7:04 AM

    When the Jets and OC Sparano play the Bills and DC Wannestedt, it will be like watching a chess match between Beetlejuice and Crackhead Bob.

    I really can’t believe this is actually happening

  73. styx630 says: Jan 11, 2012 7:16 AM

    Be more clueless, New York.

  74. ampats says: Jan 11, 2012 7:19 AM

    With the first pick in the 2013 NFL Draft the NY Jets select ———-.

    Tony Sparano?? Another embarrassing day for all jets fans.

    Thanks for my morning laugh!

    Happy 43rd, this guarantees the 44th anniversary

  75. blackqbwhiterb says: Jan 11, 2012 7:39 AM

    Haters…’re all haters. Sparano had garbage to work with in Miami, he wasn’t the person putting together that roster. He can be successful, but he needs talent. Had no good QB in Miami. You gotta have a good QB.

  76. aharris230 says: Jan 11, 2012 8:28 AM

    As a Dolphins fan, I always liked Sparano despite not having too much success here. Best of luck to him in his new position.

  77. test2402 says: Jan 11, 2012 8:29 AM

    He would rather coordinate Tim Tebow.

  78. stevescars says: Jan 11, 2012 9:13 AM

    The only way this gets better is if the Jets sign Marc Columbo.

  79. stevescars says: Jan 11, 2012 9:14 AM

    Wow, I bet the oddsmakers in Vegas were busy last night changing their predictions!

  80. mjdkid100 says: Jan 11, 2012 9:17 AM

    Smart move by the Jets…

    Wait, what?

    Mark Sanchez is still the starter?!


  81. orthomarine says: Jan 11, 2012 9:26 AM

    Fist Pump!

  82. tikkanen10 says: Jan 11, 2012 9:30 AM

    The Jets lost their identity this year. They are a ground and pound, control the clock, and play tough defense team. They cannot win consistently counting on Sanchez. Tony Sparano fits that mold, perfectly. While not sexy, that old fashioned ideology works well (ie: Denver), especially in the playoffs.

  83. 69finfan says: Jan 11, 2012 9:48 AM

    Jets Fans. Be prepared for the signature TS fist pump for the coin toss, a touchback on the opening kickoff, a 1 yard run when there was 3 to go, a 6 yard completion when there was 15 to go and on and on…… Good Luck. Glad he’s gone and glad you got him.
    Go Fins!

  84. phinfandan says: Jan 11, 2012 10:04 AM

    All sacrasm aside, I really don’t understand this move…I’m a lifelong Dolphin fan – I don’t think the JETS paid attention to the Dolphin offense the last few years. Sporano looked overwhelmed and confused about how to coach an offense.

    * The Wildcat was NOT his creation (David Lee)
    * The Dolphin offense was inept and predictable until he turned it over to Daboll
    * The Offensive line ‘GURU’? Had a line that got worse every year with significant turnover.

    Good luck JETS….You’ll need it.

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